Another day, another dead Google product, this time the Augmented Reality app “Measure” is being taken out into the fields.
As first discovered by Android Police, the Android app is no longer available via search in the Play Store, and a direct link to the listing shows a new message in the description: “This app is no longer supported. go and it will not be updated to the user that was previously installed. This app still works on compatible devices.”
The temple was beautiful. This app uses smartphones to measure real-life objects through the magic of augmented reality technology. AR tracks real-life objects to place virtual objects in the camera feed. and if tracking is good enough The app turns that data into a pretty good distance estimate. Measurements are never good enough for applications such as detailed carpentry—we found short measurements to be accurate to within half an inch. And longer measurements can drop by several inches—but the best measuring tape is the one you have with you. The app also works great if you need to measure large, such as a telephone pole, which can be difficult with a tape measure.
The Measure app started out on another non-working Google product: Project Tango, which loaded smartphones with special sensors, enabling portable Augmented Reality early in 2014 development devices and commercial devices. It’s 2016’s Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. In 2018, Measure arrived on a regular Android phone without all the extra sensors. Google’s ARCore toolkit keeps all the tracking through the Measure’s camera hardware. It’s a good idea that Apple released a similar app for the iPhone in 2018.
Measure’s demise is no big deal as long as the underlying framework that powers ARCore remains. ARCore handles tracking, detection, and augmented reality measurements, and the Measure app delivers all that information in an interactive way. User friendly interface, there are many alternative ARCore measurement apps in the Play Store, and since they all use the same toolkit, it’s not the same. The tracking and accuracy of the app should be similar. You just have to choose the UI that you mostly want. Some apps are in the form of a straight ruler. While some apps focus on floor plans.
Before Google pulled the app, Measure wasn’t a good choice compared to other alternatives. Third-party apps have been reduced to 2.9 stars on the Play Store, with many users citing bugs and freezes. App doesn’t seem to be updated. The two third-party apps linked above are about 4.5 stars.
Google continues to use ARCore in products such as Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Lens. Also, at Google I/O 2021 ARCore is receiving updates and new APIs, so it looks like the underlying framework remains.